Video: Leonard Cohen & Band Travel Day – 2009 Tour

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As its title suggests, “Travel Day for Leonard Cohen Band by Dino Soldo 10/14/2009” is a cinema verite travelogue constructed around the bus-borne journey between hotels for the musicians and support staff of Leonard Cohen’s band.

The video is narrated and directed by Dino Soldo, whose primary roles the past 16 months have been playing “instruments of the wind” at World Tour concerts and occasioning a certain amount of swooning among female fans. Mr Soldo is also, not coincidentally, the star of the flick with supporting roles played by crew, other band members, and backup singers.

A small speaking part, “man in hat occupying front seat of bus,”  is adequately performed by one Leonard Cohen.

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By Dino Soldo 10/14/2009

Note: Originally posted Oct 18, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I’m not interested in posterity, which is a paltry form of eternity. I want to see the headlines… I’m not interested in an insurance plan for my work.” Leonard Cohen 1966

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Leonard Cohen Considers the Poetic Mind. CBC Interview. 1966. Originally posted July 16, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos: 2009 Leonard Cohen Chicago Rosemont Concert

P1000638The October 29, 2009 Chicago Rosemont Concert was marvelous for many reasons, including the premiere performance of “Feels So Good.” On a personal level, it was a never-to-be-forgotten event because I attended my first Leonard Cohen soundcheck and then met Leonard face to face for the first time before the show.  That experience is featured in these posts:

These photos were taken at the 2009 Rosemont show by Elizabeth Sweet,1 who proved to be not only an outstanding photographer but also a delight as my companion during this incredible adventure.

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I am especially happy about the photo below of Javier Mas and Dino Soldo because (1) it captures the 17 nanoseconds of the show during which Dino Soldo was immobile. and (2) it demonstrates how commanding his presence can be even when he is stationary.

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Note: Originally posted Oct 30, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. The Duchess and I are both taken with Lisa, an amazing woman who did her post-grad work in English Lit at Duke and now writes primarily about raising goats & permaculture skills. []

Soundtracks: Night Magic By Leonard Cohen & Lewis Furey

Original Soundtrack: 1991 French Edition

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Canadian Edition, Remastered 2004

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Credit Due Department: Dominique BOILE contributed these images of the Night Magic soundtrack. Originally posted  Feb 17, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

More about this musical written by Leonard Cohen and Lewis Furey can be found at

Leonard Cohen On His Use Of Spenserian Stanzas In Night Music

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Most of the Leonard Cohen’s lyrics for Night Magic (see A Brief Introduction To Night Magic By Leonard Cohen & Lewis Furey + Video Clip) is written in Spenserian stanzas. He addresses this in the following excerpt:

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I’ve always been interested in form, maybe because I don’t trust my own spontaneous nature to come up with anything interesting, and form imposes a certain opportunity to get deeper than your first thought. There’s a school of poetry that believes first thought, best thought. That would have condemned me to an inauspicious superficiality if I had followed that, because I don’t have any ideas. Irving Layton once said to me, ‘Leonard is free from ideas.’ I don’t have an idea and I don’t trust my opinions. I think my opinions are second-rate, but when you submit yourself to a form, then something happens and you’re invited to dig deeper into the language and to discard the slogans by which you live, the easy alibis of language and of opinion. And if you’re looking in the Spenserian stanza, for instance—which is a very, very intricate verse form—you have to come up with many rhymes of the same sound; you’re invited to explore realms that you usually don’t get to in ordinary, easy thought. I’ve considered my thought stream extremely uninteresting, and it’s only when I can discard it that I find I can say something that I can get behind.quotedown2

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From An Interview with Leonard Cohen by Shelagh Rogers (Brick: Summer 2006 – This interview was originally broadcast on Sounds Like Canada in February 2006, produced by Carole Warren.)

 

A Brief Introduction To Night Magic By Leonard Cohen & Lewis Furey + Video Clip

nmagicNight Magic is a Canadian-French musical film with lyrics by Leonard Cohen. Lewis Furey directed and wrote the music. Both Cohen and Furey contributed to the screenplay. It premiered May 17, 1985 at the Cannes Film Festival. The following description is from AMG AllMovie Guide:

In this fantasy-drama-romance, forbidden love between an angel (Carole Laure) and a singer (Nick Mancuso) is set against the singer’s attempts to resuscitate a fading theater. During the period of one night, the singer is visited by three different guardian angels out to help him succeed in putting together a stunning show (a show that will include some of Canada’s best dancers). One of the angels (Laure) takes a liking to the singer, and that gives rise to musical numbers on the nature of the creative genius and the conflicts that can arise between art, artifice, and real life.

Update: See Leonard Cohen On His Use Of Spenserian Stanzas In Night Music